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F-4 tornado hit Rockford 89-years ago today

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

On this day nearly nine decades ago, a deadly tornado struck Rockford, killing more than a dozen people.

An F-4 tornado blew through Rockford 89-years ago today, destroying 200 homes and factories.

According to records from the National Weather Service, 14 people were killed and more than 100 others were hurt.

The tornado traveled 26 miles across southeast Rockford starting at 4:22 p.m.

The tornado was not the only major weather disaster occurring during that time: just one day earlier the Category 5 "Okeechobee" hurricane hit Puerto Rico, and would later become the second-deadliest hurricane in U.S. history.

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